Stagecoach to Fury
|Stagecoach to Fury|
|Directed by||William F. Claxton|
|Produced by||Earle Lyon
|Written by||Earle Lyon
|Music by||Paul Dunlap|
|Edited by||Carl Pierson|
|Distributed by||20th Century-Fox|
Stagecoach to Fury is a 1956 Western film starring Forrest Tucker as Frank Townsend. It was the first film from Robert L. Lippert's Regal films; the B picture unit of 20th Century Fox set up to provide second features shot in CinemaScope. The film, with exteriors shot around Kanab, Utah was nominated for an Academy Award for black-and-white cinematography for the 29th Academy Awards.
A stagecoach with a mixed group of passenger en route to the town of Fury makes a stop at a layover. Upon arrival the passengers are held up by Lorenzo Garcia and his gang of bandidos capture and disarm the passengers, shooting one when he stops to raise his fallen trousers when he puts his hands up. The two staff of the coaching stop are missing presumed murdered. Garcia questions former Army captain Frank Townsend, now riding shotgun on the stagecoach on the location of the Federal Government gold shipment they expected to be carried by the stagecoach. After Garcia shoots and wounds Tim O'Connor the driver to encourage information, Townsend reveals that the stagecoach was to remain at the layover until a wagon containing the gold shipment would arrive and transfer the cargo to the stage.
Garcia holds the prisoners as his band awaits the gold shipment. Among the surviving passengers are young gunslinger Ralph Slader, who the bandidos are eager to have a gunfight with, a cowardly judge escaping from the vengenace of criminals, a scheming woman who has arranged to rob and murder her husband and Townsend's fiancee. Though Garcia explains the passengers will remain safe if they follow his orders, Townsend feels that Garcia would not any witnesses to his robbery to be left alive.
- Forrest Tucker ... Frank Townsend
- Mari Blanchard ... Barbara Duval
- Wallace Ford ... Judge Lester Farrell
- Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr. ... Lorenzo Gracia
- Paul Fix ... Tim O'Connors
- Rico Alaniz ... Miguel Torres
- Wright King ... Ralph Slader
- Margia Dean ... Ruth
- Ian MacDonald ... Sheriff Ross
- William 'Bill' Phillips ... Harold, the Bartender
- Ellen Corby ... Sarah Farrell
- Alex Montoya ... Oro
"Justice sometimes moves in strange company. Its judgement is not always empty. Though its sting be cruel."
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p250
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